New scan head generation and innovative software for laser processing
03.07.2023 - Scanlab presented new systems with high system dynamics and innovative cooling concept – and software for the highest precision and process control at Laser World of Photonics.
The scan heads of the new intelliSCAN IV series set standards in terms of compactness, performance, and integration capability. Thanks to reduced dimensions and integrated water cooling, they offer greater stability and a twenty percent increase in dynamics compared to previous models.
The intelliSCAN IV is characterized by its ease of integration into a wide range of system concepts. The housing is dust and water-protected, meeting the IP66 protection class, and includes an interlock connection for integration into a safety circuit. An outstanding feature is the novel cooling concept. The housing integrates water cooling channels, which ensure optimal temperature stability for the galvanometer scanners, beam inlet, and electronics.
The new scan head generation is compatible with all RTC drive boards from Scanlab. Users can choose between classic scanner control with a tracking error or the SCANahead control known from the excelliSCAN series to exploit the full dynamic potential of the scan head.
In addition, the intelliSCAN IV is ‘ready for SCANmotionControl’. The new software enables unprecedented process control while minimizing processing times.
SCANmotionControl is a trajectory planning software designed for scan systems, that accurately tracks dynamic-limited setpoints. Through the simultaneous adjustment of laser power and scan speed, SCANmotionControl offers superior process control and maximizes throughput. The software ensures precise application of laser energy, maintaining the defined intensity at the desired location and time. Additionally, the inclusion of simulation and parameter optimization significantly reduces process development time.
The new software can be integrated with both excelliSCAN and intelliSCAN IV systems. Particularly in demanding applications, such as additive manufacturing, the combination of scan heads and software enables precise and highly dynamic movements that are synchronized with the laser. Essentially, these solutions are attractive to customers who require maximum productivity with the highest quality.
“Our customers desire solutions that are optimally tailored to their requirements, and they value our extensive choice in scan systems,” emphasizes Georg Hofner, CEO of Scanlab. “The intelliSCAN IV is a highly attractive addition to our portfolio, and with the innovative SCANmotionControl software, we are adding a new dimension to our modular system.”
Scanlab’s CTO Christian Sonner adds: “Our product innovations are the result of strong teamwork. We are delighted that the SCANmotionControl software has been nominated for the Photonics Innovation Award 2023. Knowing that the flexible combinability of our scan solutions is important to our customers, all future scan heads will be ‘ready for SCANmotionControl’.”
Further reading: Jan Wagner & Holger Schlüter: Micromachining gains from simulation – Innovative scanning control software reduces development times and time-to-market, PhotonicsViews 20(3), June/July 2023, pp. 72–75; DOI: 10.1002/phvs.202300021